The Annual Farming Conference will take place on Thursday 26 September 2019 in Bristol.
As harvest 2019 is gathered in, Agriculture in the UK stands at a crossroads. Following the 2018 consultations on the future of the industry, a clear roadmap has been laid out within the Agriculture Bill. Michael Gove has described the world as “entering the fourth agricultural revolution”, and DEFRA have calculated that over 40% of UK farms would be lossmaking in the absence of direct subsidies. Our future relationship with Europe will be fundamental. Environmentalists are suggesting that a radical realignment of priorities for the use of agricultural land is needed to help prevent climate change. Against this backdrop, the Farming and Rural Business Conference 2019 looks beyond the political maelstrom to give updates on all these challenges, and of course relevant recent tax changes.
At a time when the industry is facing the biggest changes on multiple fronts for at least a generation, and probably since the 1940’s this conference is essential for all those involved in the farming sector.
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Registration and refreshments
Guy Smith, NFU Deputy President
Fraud Awareness & Guidance
Vin Pandha is a Lloyds Banking Group fraud expert with responsibility for fraud risk management in the Commercial Banking sector. Her role is primarily to support clients in fraud awareness and prevention. This presentation will focus on the current fraud threats that farmers are facing and offer advice and guidance on how you can protect yourself and your business from falling victim. Vin Pandha, Commercial Fraud Manager, Lloyds Banking Group
May -v- CIR Grain silo case
The result of a recent high profile tax case has opened up the opportunity for farmers to potentially save significant amounts of money by being able to claim capital allowance tax relief on specialist buildings and structures. Michael will cover in detail how the case was put forward to HMRC in order to help secure successful capital allowance claims.
Michael Hesketh CTA ATT, Head of Tax, West Country Region, Baldwins
The Future of Farm Financial Planning
Figured is a platform that provides accountants, farm advisors, farmers and agri banks with a single source of truth for collectively making financial decisions. Using cloud technology, Figured works hand-in-hand with Xero, a leading cloud accounting platform, to provide up-to-date financial management information, reports and analysis. Founded in New Zealand, we’ve since expanded to become a global team across Australia, the US and now the UK, where we launched in June 2018. We have partnerships with leading agri accountants across the UK, who are using Figured to develop budgets, scenarios and financial forecasts for their farming clients.
David Kirby, MD, FiguredJames Higgie, Channel Lead, Figured
This session will cover:
• Business principals• Structure• Investment strategy• Brexit impact and the agriculture bill • Succession
Roger Mercer, Director, Mercer Farming
Lunch and networking
The Larger Picture: Brexit and beyond
Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Adviser, CAAV
The future of farming…land prices and food production
Simon Blandford BSc AGRIC, Director, Savills
A comprehensive tax update including:
• Topical issues• IR 35• Sideways loss relief• Budget and changes in CGT in an agricultural context• Developments in taxing partners in diversified estate businesses and R & D
Rebecca Benneyworth is well known on the lecture circuit for her refreshing, enthusiastic and entertaining presentation style as well as having a practical and down-to-earth approach to tax.
Guy Smith, NFU Deputy President. Guy farms a mixed and diversified family farm in north-east Essex. He served for eight years on NFU Council as the Essex delegate, four years as a member of the Governance Board and six years as Chair of the NFU Communications Group. Guy is a founder of the Essex Schools Food and Farming Day and a past Chairman of the Landskills New Entrants Committee. Guy is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate for services to Agriculture from Essex University.
Rebecca Benneyworth is a lecturer, writer and consultant on a wide variety of taxes. She lectures extensively to accountants and business people and also to HMRC and the Treasury. Rebecca is well know for her down-to-earth approach to tax and her ability to make the subject matter both clear and interesting, and she was named Best Tax Lecturer at the Taxation awards in 2007. She also has an interest in all issues affecting smaller practices and has her own small accountancy practice based in Gloucestershire. Rebecca has been Chair of the ICAEW Tax Faculty and she has worked closely with Quantum Professional Training for over 10 years.
Simon Blandford is head of Savills Southern Food and Farming team and a Director of the Company based at the Winchester office. He has 25 years of farm management and consultancy experience across southern England. Coming from a farming background, Simon specialises in arable and dairy consultancy with considerable experience in practical management issues. Simon is responsible for the preparation of whole farm reviews, farm budgets, cash flows and accounts. In addition, he administers the management of subsidy and environmental schemes on farms and estates and oversees farm staff and contractors on a daily basis. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Management and Member and a Fellow of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants. He is a tenant farmer and manages his own arable farming business through contractors which is based in Hertfordshire.
Michael Hesketh is the Head of Tax for the West Country Region at Baldwins. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor with nearly 15 years UK tax advisory and compliance experience providing commercially focused tax advice to a wide range of businesses and their owners, covering all sectors and ranging from start-ups and entrepreneurial companies through to multi-national entities. Michael specialises in tax planning for entrepreneurial or owner-managed businesses, including succession and exit planning, employee share schemes, R&D tax credits, capital allowances, transaction tax structures and support, cross border transactions, reorganisations and CT compliance. Michael works closely with clients to help ensure that they are not only tax compliant, but they also receive a comprehensive, bespoke and commercially focused tax advisory service to help them maximise their tax reliefs, grow their business and achieve their objectives.
Vin Pandha is a Lloyds Banking Group fraud expert with responsibility for fraud risk management in the Commercial Banking sector. Her role is primarily to support clients in fraud awareness and prevention. This includes regularly delivering awareness sessions to colleagues and clients on fraud and cyber related scams, highlighting how individuals and businesses can protect themselves. Vin has worked in the banking industry for 11 years in roles within Commercial Banking and Risk Management.
Jeremy Moody. The Secretariat, based in Gloucestershire, administers the Association and supports its technical and policy work. It is run by Jeremy Moody, who has been Secretary and Adviser to the CAAV since 1995. He was closely involved with the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995, several rounds of CAP reform and now the Brexit process. He handles the many issues covered by the CAAV across the United Kingdom including agricultural tenancy and land occupation issues, taxation, valuation and telecommunications, liaising with government at all levels and writing widely on both policy and practice. He is an Assembly member of the European Group of Valuers’ Associations (TEGoVA) and Vice Chairman of the European Valuation Standards Board.
Mercer Farming is based in Staffordshire and is run by Roger, Robert and Alec Mercer. It covers 5700 acres with 6000 acres in New South Wales, Australia. There are 10,000 breeding sows and bought in weaners giving a weekly output of 5000 bacon pigs. The farm also produces Free Range poultry which together with some of the pigs are marketed through Packington Free Range with the balance of the pigs providing the fresh pork for M&S. Roger Mercer has been a Chairman of Trustees for Lichfield Cathedral, Chair of Governors at Harper Adams University until 2015 and has just stepped down as Chairman of Nuffield International. A director of Ingleby Farms and Forests for 7 years. He also has various non-executive roles. He was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 1986 and became a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2010. The business achieved the RASE Award for Excellence in Farming in 2008 and the Farmers Weekly Diversification of the year award in 2010.
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